Eventful Weekend at Camden State Park

Despite the last few weeks of rainy and chillier weather, summer is finally here, and Camden State Park is ready for it. Saturday, June 11 is free park entrance day at Minnesota State Parks. 
“This is a good opportunity for people to spend a day at the park–free of charge,” said Jeremy Jensen, NR Senior Specialist at Camden State Park.
In addition to free entrance, visitors can participate in a variety of activities at the park on Saturday. Visitors are encouraged to participate in Read in the Park Day, which is intended to celebrate two new MN state park permits available for check-out at the Marshall Lyon County Library. 
“Grab a good book and find a beautiful place to read,” said Hannah Buysse, parks worker at Camden. “Books are great for exploring, learning, relaxing, and thinking, and that’s exactly what we do at parks.”
Read in the Park Day participants are eligible to enter a drawing for the chance to win a $25 MN state park gift card.
Also in celebration of park permits available for check-out, Marshall Lyon County Library staff will lead a Family Campfire Story Hour at 6pm in the North Picnic Area at Camden State Park. This event is completely free. Library staff will answer questions about how patrons can check-out the park permit.
“But that’s not everything,” said Jensen. “We’ll have the Redwood Lodge open and some Friends of Camden events too.”
The Redwood Lodge was constructed in the 1930s by the Veteran’s Conservation Corps (VCC) as part of the new deal. The lodge was the park custodian’s home for decades but has been renovated and now is a reservable guest house for park visitors. The lodge will be open for viewing from 1-3pm on Saturday. 
The Friends of Camden are also hosting fly fishing clinics with Jay Brown at 1pm, 2pm. 3pm and will be serving root beer floats for a free-will donation. 
All are invited to enjoy the park (and hopefully a good book) on Saturday. Contact the park office with questions: camden.statepark@state.mn.us or 507-872-7031.

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